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|Subject: Bora Bora in the Leeward Islands 13/11/2010, 8:19 pm|| |
Bora Bora is an island within the Leeward Islands of the FrenchPolynesia in the Pacific Ocean and is located about 140 miles northwestfrom Papeete. The island is completely surrounded by a barrier reef anda lagoon, which makes it a vacationing paradise for holiday travelersand tourists. At the island’s center, one can find remnants from avolcano that is now extinct and rises with 2 peaks, Mount Otemanu andMount Pahia, where the highest point is 2,385 feet high. The originalname of Bora Bora was given from the Tahitian language, which is bettertranslated as Pora Pora.Bora Bora was first sighted in 1722, but then sighted again in 1769and settled in 1777. Today, tourism is a big part of the island, wheremany resorts have been constructed on the small island that surroundsthe lagoon of the Bora Bora. The first bungalows over the water werebuilt about 30 years ago on stilts by the Hotel Bora Bora. Now theoverwater bungalows have become a standard feature for most of theresorts on the island.Most of the island’s tourist destinations are centered aroundaquatic activities, but there are still some attractions to see onland. Some of the aquatic activities include scuba diving andsnorkeling around or in the lagoon, which is very popular. There aremany species of rays and sharks that live in the water, and some of thediving operators actually offer tourists the chance to dive with themanta rays or feed the sharks.